[Linux-kernel-mentees] [PATCH net] ethtool: strset: Fix out of bound read in strset_parse_request()

Anmol Karn anmol.karan123 at gmail.com
Sat Oct 10 21:09:29 UTC 2020

Flag ``ETHTOOL_A_STRSET_COUNTS_ONLY`` tells the kernel to only return the string 
counts of the sets, but, when req_info->counts_only tries to read the 
tb[ETHTOOL_A_STRSET_COUNTS_ONLY] it gets out of bound. 

- net/ethtool/strset.c
The bug seems to trigger in this line:

req_info->counts_only = tb[ETHTOOL_A_STRSET_COUNTS_ONLY];

Fix it by NULL checking for req_info->counts_only while 

Reported-by: syzbot+9d1389df89299fa368dc at syzkaller.appspotmail.com 
Link: https://syzkaller.appspot.com/bug?id=730deff8fe9954a5e317924d9acff98d9c64a770 
Signed-off-by: Anmol Karn <anmol.karan123 at gmail.com>
When I tried to reduce the index of tb[] by 1, the crash reproducer was not working anymore,
hence it's probably reading from tb[ETHTOOL_A_STRSET_STRINGSETS], but this won't give the 
strset 'count' and hence is not a plausible fix. But checking for the req_info->counts_only 
seems legit.

If I have missed something please let me know, and I will work towards fixing it in next version.

 net/ethtool/strset.c | 3 ++-
 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/net/ethtool/strset.c b/net/ethtool/strset.c
index 82707b662fe4..20a7b36698f3 100644
--- a/net/ethtool/strset.c
+++ b/net/ethtool/strset.c
@@ -174,7 +174,8 @@ static int strset_parse_request(struct ethnl_req_info *req_base,
 	if (ret < 0)
 		return ret;
-	req_info->counts_only = tb[ETHTOOL_A_STRSET_COUNTS_ONLY];
+	if (req_info->counts_only)
+		req_info->counts_only = tb[ETHTOOL_A_STRSET_COUNTS_ONLY];
 	nla_for_each_nested(attr, nest, rem) {
 		u32 id;

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